Viewers may need to give stations a ‘nudge’

August 25, 2009 by

Getting documentary shown may take a little ‘nudge’

ABC TV will be releasing the documentary “Interrupted Lives: Catholic Sisters Under European Communism” on Sept. 13 — but to get it broadcast on local affiliates may take a little nudge from interested viewers (like us).

The documentary grew out of the decades of research by Sisters Mary Savoie and Margaret Nacke and was written and produced by Sister Judy Zielinski, a Sister of St. Francis of Sylvania, Ohio, and NewGroup Media of South Bend, Ind.

It is being released by ABC as part of its “Vision & Values” series, which is a public service coordinated with the Interfaith Broadcasting Coalition to provide faith programming on network television.

But local ABC stations have no obligation to broadcast it — unless they are urged to do so by viewers who want to see it.

So we’re providing contact information for ABC stations where many of our sisters live, or in areas where those stations are broadcast. Where we have the name of the station’s general manager or programming director, we’re providing it. (And if we don’t have the name, that’s still the title you would ask for.)

Your request might go something like this:

“I’m a viewer of _________________ and I am very interested in the ‘Vision & Values’ program that
has just been released to you by ABC. The title is ‘Interrupted Lives: Catholic Sisters Under
European Communism.’ I hope you will be able to broadcast it, and I know many other people
who are looking forward to seeing it, too.”

If they seem receptive, you might also suggest that the station promote it on-air so other viewers will be aware of it, too.

Please be aware if a station does decide to air “Interrupted Lives,” it has eight weeks from the release date to do so.

And also please note that KTKA-TV in Topeka has said it will air the documentary at 10:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

Here are local ABC affiliates, listed alphabetically by state. If your area or station is not listed, the easiest way to find contact info is by using ABC’s online map of station locations. Go to this Web site and click on your state: http://abc.go.com/site/al_ak.html

COLORADO: Grand Junction KJCT-8
General Manager Kristy Santiago
8 Foresight Circle
Grand Junction CO 81505
(970) 245-8880
ksantiago@kjct8.com

KANSAS: Wichita KAKE 10
1500 N. West Street
Wichita KS 67203-1323
(316) 943-4221
programming@kake.com

MISSOURI: Kansas City KMBC-TV
6455 Winchester Ave.
Kansas City MO 64133
(816) 221-9999
Director of Programming kking@hearst.com

NEBRASKA: Kearney KHGI/KWNB
General Manager Vincent F. Barresi
P.O. Box 220
Kearney NE 68848
(308) 743-2494 ext. 101

NEBRASKA: Lincoln KLKN
General Manager Roger Moody
3240 So. 10th St.
Lincoln NE 68502
(402) 434-8000
rmoody@klkntv.com

NEBRASKA: Omaha KETV
2665 Douglas Street
Omaha NE 68131
(402) 345-7777

NEBRASKA: Scottsbluff KDUH/KOTA
1523 1st Ave.
Scottsbluff NE 69361
(308) 632-3071

NEW MEXICO: Albuquerque KOAT 7
3801 Carlisle Blvd
Albuquerque NM 87107
(505) 884-7777

TEXAS: El Paso KVIA-7
Programming Director Karla Huelga
4140 Rio Bravo
El Paso TX 79902
(915) 496-1756
karlah@kvia.com

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